DARPA Working on Small Flying Insect Drones


cyborginsects_48_2The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)’s latest robotics project aims at building tiny drones that can fly through cities at 45 miles per hour. The initiative, called the Fast Lightweight Autonomy (FLA) program, will have researchers build unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that won’t need a human pilot or a GPS to travel through unstable buildings and dangerous areas, according to CNN.

DARPA Program Manager Mark Micire says the project draws inspiration from birds of prey and insects that can fly at fast rates without hitting anything in their way. “The goal of the FLA program is to explore non-traditional perception and autonomy methods that would give small UAVs the capacity to perform in a similar way, including an ability to easily navigate tight spaces at high speed and quickly recognize if it had already been in a room before,” Micire added. Read Full Article

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